“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives,” Albert Einstein
Name: Dr. Kenna Lang Archer
School: Angelo State University
Department: American History
Email: kenna.archer at angelo.edu or kennalangarcher at gmail.com
Born in Houston, Texas, I earned a full-ride to Baylor University as a National Merit Scholar. I received a bachelor's degree in the University Scholar Program (2004), pursuing specializations in Environmental Science, American History, and English and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, and Valedictorian. I also received a master's degree in Environmental Science (2007) from Baylor University, taking classes in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. I taught laboratory courses as a graduate student and won recognition for my teaching and my scholastic achievement. I graduated with a doctorate from Texas Tech University in American History (2012), pursuing my degree as a commuting student and again garnering recognition for my scholastic achievement. I currently teach survey courses at Angelo State University and serve as an archival assistant at the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark in San Angelo, Texas.
A passion for learning and achievement has marked my studies and my personal life since my first days in school. Indeed, my mother felt compelled to call from the theatre after watching her first Harry Potter movie. To paraphrase: "As early as kindergarten, you were that annoying child that knew all the answers, enjoyed knowing all of the answers, and flaunted knowing all of the answers ... you were Hermione Granger before there was a Harry Potter." Aptitude and strength tests likewise acknowledge that my foremost skills are achieving and learning. This love of things scholastic, though not an easy avenue to acceptance by one's peers, has resulted in an aptitude for researching, writing, and teaching that serves me well in my chosen profession. As trite as it may sound, I feel both honored and humbled by the opportunity to teach, to pass on to those who might listen my passion for knowledge and learning.
In those rare moments when I am not working in a classroom or in the buildings at Old Fort Concho, I spend my time supporting and practicing the arts. I have a love for photography as well as painting, and I practice both regularly. I have enough natural talent that I enjoy this facet of my life but not enough talent that I do anything at a professional level. Still, I am always happy to discuss my art or the visual arts more generally. I also devote a considerable amount of my spare time to the performing arts. I play multiple instruments, participate in multiple musical groups, and serve on the Board of Directors for both the San Angelo Symphony Society and the Community Band.
In those still rarer moments when I am neither teaching nor photographing, painting, playing, etc., I enjoy multiple hobbies. In particular, I enjoy reading a new book, traveling to new places, getting to the "out of doors," spending time with my dogs, and spending time with my family.
If you would like more detailed information on my education, my achievements, or my civic involvement, please see my curriculum vitae.
*all photographs taken by Kenna Lang Archer